Celebrations of Hanukkah by local Jewish residents are right around the corner. The events will include lighting of menorahs, including one made of ice, and other activities.

The eight-day Hanukkah celebration is Dec. 24 to midnight Dec. 31.

It commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, following the Jews’ victory over the ancient Assyrian-Greek Empire, which sought to prevent them from practicing their faith, according to a press release from Chabad of Milford-Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont.

It also propagates the message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression, and light over darkness, the release said.

• Bethany, Prospect: The Jewish community will gather in front of Town Hall, 40 Peck Road, Bethany, to celebrate and illuminate a 9-foot menorah at 4 p.m. Dec. 26.

Rabbi Shmuly Druk of Chabad of the Towns will be setting up the Hanukkah menorah and be host with his wife and children.

“We are gearing up for a great event with lively music, delicious refreshments, crafts for the kids, and an authentic taste of Hanukkah for young and old alike.”

Two more celebrations aimed for children will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 27 at the Prospect Library, 17 Center St., and at 2 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road, Bethany.

The library events will include interactive Hanukkah storytelling, a singalong, crafts and treats.

All the events are free.

To learn more, visit www.jewishtowns.com or call 203-936-9880.

• Milford: Chabad of Milford-Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont will hold its 10th annual Hanukkah celebration, with a 9-foot ice menorah, at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Connecticut Post Mall Macy’s Court lower level.

Another celebration, on Dec. 26, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the Green.

The mall ice menorah will be sculpted beforehand by Ice Matters of Cheshire.

Festivities will include lighting of the menorah, kids’ crafts, music, doughnuts, dreidel and a raffle.

Previously, Chabad has brought menorahs of balloons, Legos, coins and cans.

For more information, visit www.JewishMilford.com.